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Now that we’ve learned how much water we need to drink, how to energize and savor it, we need to figure out how to carry it with us in the safest way.

I have been looking for the optimal water carrier for some time now. After a dozen or so water bottles from all over the world, and a perceptibly thinner wallet, I believe that I have found the one.

It is called ‘CamelBak Water Bottle’ and it is made of stainless steel. It does do not leak any harmful toxins, it is durable, and has an inbuilt water filter. On top of that, it is the signature bottle of a great humanitarian action organized by ‘Water.org’ called ‘One bottle’s promise’.
(http://water.org/gift/utm_source=water_org&utm_medium=web&utm_content=new_bottlead-green).

It makes sure that $10 from each sold bottle goes directly to provide clean drinking water for people in need. It is 2 blessings in 1 bottle: portable, great tasting filtered water at all times, and clean water for a fellow human being.

If you cannot get hold of this particular water bottle, I encourage you to become aware of the type of water bottle you are currently using. I really want to make sure you avoid those that have BPA*.

Plastic bottles and items are labeled on their base with a stamp that shows a triangle made of an arrow, with a number in the middle, and some sort of encryption. Here’s the lowdown on each type :

#1 (PET or PETE) plastic is the kind used for bottled water bottles, which are generally regarded as safe.

#2 (HDPE), 4 (LDPE) and 5 (polypropylene) plastics are generally regarded as safe.

#3 (PVC) and 6 (styrene) plastics pose health risks and should be avoided. (They are not ordinarily used for water bottles, but are used for other food and beverage containers.)

#7 falls under ‘Miscellaneous’. This category basically refers to a variety of plastics (from sunglasses to water bottles) that do not fit into other categories. Most often though it is polycarbonate and contains BPA. If you are in love with a particular #7 bottle, you could call the manufacturer to identify the plastic, but that might not make matters clearer.

If this all makes you dizzy and see double, there is a rule of thumb when it comes to storing food or water – when in doubt, use glass. It is your safest bet.

We carry water in us and with us. Let’s make sure we give it the safest carriers possible.

* A few words about BPA:
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics. Polycarbonate plastic is commonly used to make consumer products. It is commonly found in products such as water bottles, food storage containers, drink cans, toys, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment.A CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) study found 95% of adult human urine samples and 93% of samples in children had bisphenol A. Potential health risks of BPA are: hormonal and reproductive disorders, male impotence, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, impaired brain function ( memory, learning), decreased quality of women’s eggs, breast cancer, asthma, risk for children’s mental and physical development.

P.S. I just had to put the picture of Matt Damon, who is one of the founders of Water.org, and its most ardent and engaged spokesperson. This is mostly for my own inspiration and motivation, but something tells me that it will have the same effect on many of you as well, especially my dear female readers.

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